Dallas Mavericks: What the Trey Burke signing means for NBA Disney

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Trey Burke (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks, Trey Burke
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What Dallas Mavericks signing Trey Burke means for Orlando: Backup point guard competition?

Jalen Brunson’s season-ending shoulder surgery opened up the backup point guard position. Fans figured Coach Carlisle would rely on J.J. Barea to play the role in Orlando. The 35-year-old will be 18 months removed from Achilles surgery by the time NBA Disney games start.

The Mavs have been reluctant to give him significant or consistent minutes this season. The injury plays a factor in that. The Burke signing could keep Barea in his in case of an emergency role in Orlando.

Or the Mavericks may be looking at Barea as the backup point guard with Burke being the third string. Delon Wright has been used primarily at the two in Dallas this season. Barea and Burke figure to battle it out for the backup point guard role during training camp 2.0.

Do not be surprised to see Coach Carlisle use some unorthodox lineups too. Last season, he had Burke playing with Devin Harris and Courtney Lee for 14 minutes. Carlisle is no stranger to three guard lineups. He may use Barea, Burke, and Wright together in Orlando. Any lineup is in play heading into training camp 2.0. for the Dallas Mavericks.

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